I’ve been throwing around the idea of adding different types of pens to the site. While I use a fountain pen probabaly 90% of the time, there are other pens I carry. I’ve reviewed a few different gel pens, and the first review I have ready is for the Pilot Hi-Tec-C in black, 0.4mm. I hope you enjoy the review! Any and all feedback is appreciated, so feel free to let me know how you like the review in the comments. I’ve left out sections from my standard review format because they don’t really apply here. Please let me know if this is something you would like to see more of!
Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.4mm
Black Gel Ink Pen
- Handwritten Review -
- Description: A super fine, super clean, 0.4mm gel ink pen with a lot of hype surrounding it
- Point: 0.4mm, needle-point roller ball
- Material: Plastic with rubber grip
- Refillable: Yes
- Weight: 11 grams
- Measurements: 5.35″ closed, 6.0″ posted, .35″ grip diameter
Handwritten Review Scans:
Quite possibly one of the most hyped pens in recent years, the Hi-Tec-C gained a tremendous amount of popularity online. Being the core refull for dozens of Kickstarter pen projects has made the Hi-Tec-C very popular. With it’s ability to lay down a super fine and clean line and the broad range of colors and widths, I understand why this pen is so popular.
The bare bones version of the Hi-Tec-C is very minimal. I totally get why so many people have made pens around the refill. The cheap plastic body just doesn’t match up with how well this pen writes. It’s made of light, cheap plastic. The rubber grip provides no cushioning, but the ridges around the bottom of the grip do a good job of keeping the pen from slipping. A characteristic of the pen worth noting is the small rubber stopper inside the pen cap. Instead of simply capping, or retracting, this small rubber stopper comes into direct contact with the needle point when the pen is capped. This rubber piece does a great job of keeping the Hi-Tec-C from drying out. There are other gel pens out there that have this, but definitely not the retractable ones. I’m using the version of the Hi-Tec-C with the rubber grip (there’s a version with no grip too) and the overall appearance and feel leave something to be desired. With the ever-growing number of pen body manufacturers, there’s something for everybody in terms of after market replacements.
Performance & Ink:
In my opinion, this is where the Hi-Tec-C really shines. I opted for the 0.4mm version and I am in no way disappointed. It lays down a super clean, fine and consistent line of gel ink. I’ve haven’t experienced any ink globbing or skipping, which is great. I like that the Hi-Tec-C is a needle point too. Many gel pens have a conical steel tip, but this needle point stays out of the way of anything that you’re writing or drawing. In opposition to the Uniball Signo DX and the Zebra Sarasa, the needle point on the Hi-Tec-C provides a full-view writing experience. Many people love this pen for drafting and design and I can understand why. The writing experience is smooth, but not buttery. There’s minor feedback that reminds me of writing with a Japanese fine nib, smooth, but you know you’re writing on paper. If I’m not using a fountain pen, there’s a pretty good chance it’s one of these.
- Super clean lines
- Needle point provides good visibility
- Rubber stopper in cap
- Cost – a little pricey at ~$3 compared to the competition
I really like the Pilot Hi-Tec-C. I get why so many pople have designed pens around the Hi-Tec-C refill. The body of the pen leaves something to be desired, but the writing experience is top-notch. The clean lines and the glob-free (I’m looking at you, Pilot G2) writing make the Hi-Tec-C a great choice in the world of gel ink pens. If you haven’t tried one, I recommend doing so. Worth the hype? Maybe. A great, cheap pen? Yes.
Recommendation: Yes, check them out!